Last season, Dwight Gayle was Newcastle’s top goal scorer in all competitions.
However, the summer saw Gayle’s future on Tyneside put on the line. With a low transfer budget, Benitez believed Gayle could be sold to raise funds.
However, the window came and went and Gayle remains a Newcastle player. Now after Rafa has revealed where Gayle features in his plans. What’s next for the former Palace man?
Fifteen Premier League goals. That’s how many goals Dwight Gayle has scored in the Premier League. That was over three seasons for Crystal Palace.
Is that enough to be a leading striker for a Premier League team? For Crystal Palace, it was not. For Benitez, it seems as though he agrees.
He seemed all too pleased to sell Gayle for funds for a new striker. However, after failing to receive an acceptable offer for the Englishman. Where does he fit in?
Despite being second choice for most of last season, Aleksandar Mitrovic has a far better Premier League record. Nine goals in one season almost eclipsing Gayle’s.
However, when comparing last season’s performances in the Championship. Gayle did far better than Mitrovic and that should be taken into account.
Joselu also has started the season well. From this, Gayle seems not to be first choice. A truly interesting choice by Benitez.
Despite this, there is still a lot of football to play. However, Joselu and Mitrovic seem to suit the Premier League far more.
Dwight Gayle appears far too lightweight for this. However, to play quick football Gayle is the only option. This leaves a huge problem for Rafa Benitez.
A lack of activity in the market United will affect them. The lack of a clear first choice spawns from the lack of activity. All three appear at similar levels.
So just who will be Newcastle’s leading man?